Bek Cruddace Latest News and Blog Posts

How to survive when you’re working from home

Working from home has lots of advantages and probably just as many disadvantages depending on what you do, how you like to do it and what sort of person you are.  I’ve been working from home for quite a few years and I love...

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Lake Agnes Tea House Hiking Map

This is one of my most recent personal projects, an illustrated map showing the Lake Agnes Tea House Trail near Lake Louise in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.  We visited Western Canada for three weeks last summer travelling north from Calgary to Jasper via Banff...

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Historical Style Mapping for Julie Klassen

With the publication of the latest book by the US author Julie Klassen I can now share the illustrated historical style mapping I designed to accompany her latest novel, ‘The Bridge to Belle Island‘. The brief indicated the rough size, shape and geographical location...

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How to Commission an Illustrator: my process explained

Like most illustrators I’m frequently being asked to quote for commissions. Some requests come from Art Directors and Commissioning Editors who generally come armed with a brief, know all about what to expect, what they want and when they want it. However, many people...

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Illustrated Map Tea Towels

Due to popular demand I’ve finally made time to produce some illustrated map tea towels. The first one features my illustrated map of the British Isles: I didn’t just want to stop at one tea towel so I’ve also designed a couple more.  One...

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Illustrated Cat Prints and Wholesale Catalogue

When I’m not drawing maps I also like to draw other things…..such as cats. Above you can see three new Silky inspired illustrated cat prints.  You can buy all three cat prints as a set or individually in my online shop.   This is a...

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Illustrated Board Game for UK Power Networks

Welcome to my latest and the first Blog post of 2019 which finds me in much reduced circumstances. I’ve had to relocate out of my office to another part of the house because of building work. Towards the end of 2018 I was commissioned...

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How to Find Work as a Freelance Illustrator

I would never claim to be an expert on how to find work as a freelance illustrator.  However, I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator for few years now with some success so I can offer a few insights into what, and just as importantly...

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Starting out as a Freelance Illustrator – Part 1

Recently I’ve been asked a few times about how I started working as a freelance illustrator. So I decided to write this post to help anyone asking the same questions.  Below is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s based on what I experienced...

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Tea Cup Print and British Isles Jigsaw Puzzle.

I designed this illustrated tea cup print as a gift for my cuppa loving husband. We needed a funky print for our newly decorated kitchen so while the kettle was boiling I sketched this out on a piece of graph paper. After a bit...

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